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Indiana man a suspect in Hoopeston shooting

A Lafayette, IN jailed on weapons charges in Vermilion County is considered a suspect in a fatal shooting in Hoopeston last month. But further details are being withheld by authorities.

44-year-old Carlos Suarez is labeled a suspect in a March 9 shooting that left 40-year-old Mark Eldridge of Hoopeston dead at a Hoopeston motel. Suarez is in jail with a $100,000 bond. He was arrested Wednesday on South 5th Street in Hoopeston in connection with a separate incident.

Police Chief Mark Drollinger said investigators believe Suarez was involved in the death of Eldridge. Drollinger said that investigation continues.

Wednesday night, Suarez was arrested for aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and criminal damage to property.

Eldridge was found in a motel room just after 9 p.m. Eldridge had been staying in a nearby room.
Witnesses in the room reported seeing a man dressed in black enter and fire shots, striking Eldridge. An area resident chased the suspect to a dark-colored SUV, which drove off.

While police have released few other details, they have said they believe that . Eldridge was not the intended target.

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Barickman, Harms welcome honorary pages

Yesterday (Thursday) was a political experience for a handful of Watseka High School students. Five students were in Springfield serving as honorary pages in the Illinois House and Senate. The students were guests of Representative Josh Harms and Senator Jason Barickman. The students saw legislative action in the respective House and Senate.

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It’s Official: Milford Area Public Schools District #124

"It's a great day in Bat and Bearcat land." That note from Superintendent Dale Hastings really says it all. Thursday night, Milford officially formed its new school district – voters having approved the consolidation of Milford grade school district 280 and high school district 233.

Naming the new district – Milford Area Public Schools District #124 --- Superintendent Hastings said, was a formality.

Hastings said it was a good meeting. "People spoke well, represented themselves well, and we move forward." The name change is required by state staute. Everything else remains the same. The green & white Bats are still in place at the grade school and the blue & white high school Bearcats.

Hastings said "it's all god."

The new school board, elected last month, includes Charles Leitz, Dave Fox, Jeff Mabbitt, Jim Kunce, John Schoolman, Mark Tweedy and Mary Ronna.

Mary Ronna was elected President. Charles leitz will serve as V-P and Dave Fox is Secretary.

Iroquois-Kankakee Regional School Superintendent Greg Murphy directed the organization meeting.

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Kankakee EMA to host meeting to address pipeline leak

Buckeye Partners will be at the Kankakee County Sheriff's Complex on April 17th to talk about the recent pipeline leak in the Limestone area.

Kankakee County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Dave Zinanni said the 9 am meeting will be at the Sheriff's Complex at 3000 S. Justice Way in Kankakee. The Buckeye company plans to report on recent water testing in the Limestone Township area and make a presentation to the Kankakee County EMA. Kankakee County EMA provided resources during the pipeline leak including CERT volunteer response, equipment, and assistants at the Buckeye Command Center.

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Inmate on the run

White County, Indiana authorities were searching for a man who cut off his ankle bracelet during work release detail Wednesday.

Sheriff Pat said 31-year-old Robert Clawson Jr. went to work Tuesday afternoon at Jordan Manufacturing Company in Monticello. During work, he cut off his bracelet and left.
The sheriff's office is continuing to look for Clawson.

Shafer said he faces a criminal charge of failure to return to lawful detention.

Clawson is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the White County Sheriff's Office.

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